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Connecting Student Cell Phones to Classroom Instruction Liz Kolb University of Michigan & Madonna University [email_address] http://cellphonesinlearning.com Twitter: lkolb
Taught 7 th -12 th Grade Social Studies in Cincinnati, Ohio
Taught High School Technology Courses in Columbus, OH.
Former High School Technology Coordinator and Integration Specialist in Columbus OH.
Currently Adjunct Assistant Professor at Madonna University-Teaches Ed Tech Courses to in-service Teachers in the Master’s program.
Currently Finishing Doctorate at University of Michigan. Teaches Ed Tech Courses to preservice teachers.
Author: “Toy to Tool: Connecting Student Cell Phones to Education”
Why BASIC cell phones?
Why Cell Phones?
71% of U.S. population have Internet access at home
55% have broadband
84% of U.S. population own cell phones
End of 2012 education technology spending will reach 56.2 billion dollars.
How Students’ View Cell Phones
3 Generations of Cell Phone Users (NPR)
How Students View Learning
Free Agent Learners
Anywhere, anytime, any place at any pace
The 21 st Century Professional World
Future jobs require mobile skill
% of U.S. Adults believe that schools are not preparing students for 21 st Century workforce?
How many U.S. students in grades 6-12 have a cell phone? 76%
By 2010 it is estimated …
54% of 8 year olds will have their own cell phone!
Over 90% of 9-12 th Graders will have cell phones
The 21st Century student’s view on their professional future ONLY “23% of advanced technology students K-12” believe that schools are preparing them for the 21st Century Job Force. Speak Up 2007 Report. Retrieved: http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup/speakup_your_data.html
Mobile Job Opportunities for Students
Companies Go Mobile
SMS & MMS
Latest News on Mobile Marketing
SMS & QRcodes & Call Ins
Search for “cell phone skills” on Monster.com
Text message one reason why cell phones should NOT be integrated in learning. http://wiffiti.com/clouds/1685
Cheating is a problem…
26% of teenagers admitted to using their cell phone to store information to look at during a test or a quiz.
25% have text messaged their friends about answers during a test or quiz.
20% have searched the Internet via their mobile phone during a test or quiz.
17% have taken pictures of a test or quiz with the cell phone in order to send the pictures to their friends.
Even MORE of a problem
Most students do not envision these activities as cheating.
More than half of the students surveyed did not think these acts were serious offenses of cheating, rather they think of it as just “helping out a friend.”
70% of U.S. schools completely ban cell phones from campus
63% of students admitted to sneaking in cell phones and using them during class anyway.
In a seven class a day, five day school week, the average student sends at least three text messages per class.
A 14-year-old Wisconsin girl who refused to stop texting during a high school math class was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.
Six teens face child porn (13 to 15) charges after being caught "sexting" each other. Criminal Charge!
Current Banning and Structures are NOT working
Students still “cheating”, “Off-task”, or “inappropriately” using cell phones in schools
Students still bring them to schools and use them when told not to.
Students still do not understand consequences of their use
Students have no idea how to use them in future job force!
How do we change?
Craik School in Canada: Using Cell Phones in Middle School
8 th Grade
40% have cell phones
Using them for…
Projects: Text Messaging Activities
Recording Group Conversations
Sending assignments to the teacher
5 Rules for Cell Phones in Schools
Set rules based on business regulations for cell phone use (look at business contracts)
Social contract with students
Must be on vibrate at all times
Keep them in the front of the room until you are going to use them.
All messages/media sent or published must be related to lesson.
If you are referencing someone else in class, you must have their approval before posting or publishing.
Create a permission form (in addition to the School’s AUP)
Inclusive Cell Phone Policy
Discuss Mobile Safety & Appropriate Use
Part of digital footprint
Your digital dossier that includes Internet activity such as social networking, email, chat rooms,
YOU can’t erase this!!! Permanent record
EVERYTHING you send via text message (pictures, videos, text, audio…etc) is PUBLIC!!!
Example: Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick
Mobile “bullying” and “sexting” is public
Students should know their plans
Bring in their cell phone plan and a bill
Discuss what is charged and how much
Give Students a Survey
What can students do with a basic cell phone?
Send a Text Message (SMS)
Take a Picture
12 Project Samples: Basic Cell Phones Become Learning Tools
Cell phone Avatars
Mobile Note Taking/Organization
Instant Media Sharing and Mobile Blogging
Instant Location Blogging
Text Message Alert Projects
Blast Audio Message Quizzes/Surveys
Do ALL students need their own phone?
NO! Groups, Web Options, Landlines
What if my school does not allow cell phones on campus?
Activities work very well off-campus for homework
Can I use a BASIC phone?
YES! Phone call, text message, take a picture…
Does it costs money?
The resources are FREE, students should know their plans
Students with disabilities?
Speech to Text & Text to Speech Options
The Projects! Classroom Examples and Ideas
#1 Mobile Podcasting/Live Radio Using a cell phone to record and then posting the recording to a public or private website that has an RSS feed and can be downloaded as an MP3 file.
#1 Mobile Podcasting Project: Live Radio Broadcasts
High School Students Community Live Radio Show in Maine
Podcast Activity: NPR “This I Believe…” 10 th Grade English Wrote their own This I Believe Recorded for HW via Cell Phone Submitted BEST to NPR Focus: Speaking Skills , Persuasive Writing Skills, Editing Skills
This I Believe Podcasting Project…
Find a Partner
Create a 1 minute “This I Believe…” Podcast
Podcast should begin & end with “This I believe…”
Topic of your choice
Can be humorous, series, sad, inquisitive
Call in to our Drop #
Record your podcast
#2 Avatar Project: Spanish Oral Exams High School Spanish 2 & 3 Students Developed an Avatar to take oral exams Used http://voki.com Focus: Engagement in oral speaking, oral speaking exams, culture representation with images
Avatar Project: Celebrity in Your Field
Create an Avatar of a famous person in your field of interest.
Celebrity in Your Field
Log in to http://voki.com
Click on Create
Create Your Avatar
Give Your Avatar a Voice via Cell Phone.
Post your Avatar to our Wikipage at
Place under “post projects here”
#3 Classroom Performance Systems (CPS) Using a cell phone to post text or take polls where results are instantly reported on a website.
#3 Mobile Poll or Survey: American Literature Survey
10 th grade American Literature reading Catcher in the Rye
Created polls to start each class connecting reading to students’ everyday lives